First Engineer Convicted Of Falsifying Records & Obstructing Justice In Scheme To Dump Oily Bilge In International Waters

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A federal jury convicted Gilbert Fajardo Dela Cruz of aiding and abetting an environmental crime and obstruction of justice in connection with the intentional dumping in February of 2019 of oily bilge water from a commercial tanker, announced Acting United States Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds and U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service Special Agent in Charge Kelly S. Hoyle. The verdict follows a two-week trial before the Honorable Jon S. Tigar, U.S. District Judge.

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